Dutch Weekly: Sept. 17-24
School photo day set — new information
All School Picture Day is Monday, Sept. 20. Students PreK through 11th grade will take photos for the yearbook and for optional purchase by their families. Students should wear school uniforms. Upper School students should not wear green shirts as they will be posed in front of a green screen to provide a selection of backgrounds.Families do not have to take any action before Picture Day.Three to five days after picture day, families will receive an email to let them know their pictures are ready to view and purchase. When they log into the JostensPix site, they will create an account using the same emails they provided to the school. Using alternative emails will result in the account being declined.Retakes will be taken Monday, Nov. 1, but please make every effort to have your photo taken Sept. 20 to help yearbook deadlines.
Download HH campus photos today
See new photos from this week on campus at hollandhall.smugmug.com. In celebration of our 100th anniversary, all photos are free to download. So share them and make sure to tag them on social media #BeTheOneHH.
From the Head of School's office: Continue to mask next week
Based on the data from this week and likely projections for the next, we will maintain our mask requirement for adults and students for the coming week. Please trust we would all like to get to a mask optional stance as quickly and as safely as possible. The current numbers and lack of access to a vaccine for our youngest simply do not make that reasonable right now.As a reminder, we are taking a measured approach to masking. We require them for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals when the daily Tulsa County Covid numbers are at 31 cases per 100,000 residents or more. We will announce the following week's mask status in Dutch Weekly every Friday. The policy is listed here below for reference.
COVID on campus
When there is a confirmed COVID case on campus, we will update our website here. If your child has been identified to quarantine, you will be contacted personally. Please keep your child home if they are experiencing any signs of illness and contact our Director of Health Services Kathleen Alabbasi, firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if your child develops symptoms typical of allergies, a sinus infection, or the common cold, we ask that you contact your physician for determination of the need for a COVID test. Data indicates that the Delta variant primarily presents with similar symptoms and thus can be easily overlooked, according to our nursing staff.
Flu shots available
Holland Hall families are invited to get flu shots on campus, courtesy of Med-World Pharmacy, on Oct. 20.Shots are free for Holland Hall employees, and there is no copay for families with Health Choice, Community Care, Blue Lincs and Global Health insurance. Those with other insurance companies — or those paying out of pocket — will be charged $35. If your insurance pays for the shot, you will be refunded by mail.Bring a copy of your insurance card or take a photo of it when you register online.No appointment needed. Please complete the online vaccination intake form using the link here: https://hipaa.jotform.com/212564062155147. (Additional forms available onsite if needed.)Morning session
- 8 a.m.-noon October 20 in the A.R. and Marylouisde Tandy's Self Conference Room
- 12;30-4:30 p.m. October 20 in the Primary School Teachers' Lounge
Wear your 100-year shirts
Celebrate a new tradition during our 100-year anniversary by wearing your 100-year Tshirt with uniform bottoms to school on Tuesday, Sept. 21.Holland Hall's first day of classes was on Sept. 21, 1922.
We love our grandparents
One of the many unique Holland Hall traditions we hope to continue this year is Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day. It is set for Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 8:30 a.m. Please enter contact information for your grandparents and special friends here by Oct. 11 so that we can invite them to be a part of this celebration.
Enter your information here.
- Sept. 17: Varsity Football at Metro Christian (information below)
- Sept. 18: Holland Hall Invitational cross country meet (information below)
- Sept. 20: Picture day!
- Sept. 21: Founders Day — Wear your 100-year shirts with uniform bottoms to celebrate Sept. 21, the first day of school in 1922
- Sept. 24: Varsity Football at Mannford
- Oct. 1: Primary School Night at the Football Game
- Oct. 5: MS PA meeting
- Oct. 6: Virtual 12th Grade Parent Meeting
- Oct. 7-8: Upper School Play
- Oct. 8: Varsity Football at Vinita
- Oct. 8: Middle School SOOD
- Oct. 13: Field Day
- Oct. 13: PS PA meeting
- Oct. 14: Varsity Football at Berryhill
- Oct 15: Fall break: No classes
Primary School News
We had an amazing turnout for Primary School Back to School Night. Thank you for letting us show you around.
The Impact Ball stops in the PS
The Primary School had some very special visitors recently. FC Tulsa players stopped by to drop off a special ball that is meant to reward students who demonstrate Holland Hall's core values — being friendly, helpful, respectful and responsible.Check out the video here.
Middle School News
Let's hear it for SOOD
MS SOOD (School Out of Doors) is set for Friday, October 8, during the school day on the Holland Hall campus for 4th-7th grade students. Each grade level will plan engaging learning activities outdoors, and it's always a very exciting experience!That day, all students will need to wear appropriate outdoor clothing for the day, bring a refillable water bottle, and have sunscreen/bug spray as needed. We will be catering Chick Fil A chicken sandwiches, a cookie, and chips for lunch that day. We will also provide snacks. If this does not meet your child's dietary needs, please have your child bring a sack lunch.Eight grade SOOD8th grade SOOD will be at Camp Loughridge. Busses will depart Holland Hall at 8:20 a.m., please be sure your child arrives to school on time. Students will return to Holland Hall at 4 p.m. That day, all students will need to wear appropriate outdoor clothing for the day, bring a refillable water bottle, and have sunscreen/bug spray as needed. We will be catering Chick Fil A chicken sandwiches, a cookie, and chips for lunch that day. We will also provide snacks. If this does not meet your child's dietary needs, please have your child bring a sack lunch.
Middle School PA minutes
If you missed the Middle School Parents' Association meeting, you can find the minutes here. The next meeting is set for Tuesday, October 5.
Middle School clubs announced
- Academic Team, Thursdays 3:15-4:30 p.m., beginning in mid-October for 6th-8th grade students
- Ceramic Club, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, after sports for 7th/8th grade students
- French Club, second semester, Tuesdays after school
- GEMUN, A Days at lunch for 7th grade students
- Math Counts, Mondays 3:15-4:45 for 5th-8th grade students
- Science Club, Thursdays 3:10-4:15 2 times per month for 4th grade students
- Spanish Club, every other Monday 3:15-3:40 for 4th-6th grade students and 3:40-4:10 for 7th/8th grade students
Middle School reminders
- 6th-8th grade students need to have their IDs with them each day. Please help them remember these each morning. They are keys to open doors and they are the payment method for lunch.
- We have a number of students forgetting their masks. Parents, please be sure they exit your vehicle in the morning with a mask in hand to put on when they enter the building.
- If your student forgets something, including lunch, and you want to drop it off, there is a gray bin outside the main MS entrance. Please email Kelly Danner if you place something in the box.
- Lastly, if your student arrives late or leaves early for any reason, they need to sign out in the office with Kelly Danner so that we know who is on campus and who is not!
Middle School basketball tryouts
Save these dates for Middle School basketball tryouts
- 8th grade boys: September 20 and 22, 3:45-5 p.m. in the MS gym
- 7th grade boys: September 27 and 29, 3:45-5 p.m. in the MS gym
- 7th and 8th grade girls: October 6 and 13, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the MS gym
Auditions for Middle School play set
"Shrek The Musical JR." auditionsWhen: Monday, Sept. 20Who: 4th, 5th, and 6th will begin auditioning at 3:15 p.m. and will be seen first come, first served. Sign up on the bulletin board outside Mrs. Scarberry's office.7th & 8th will begin auditions at 4 p.m., and will be first come, first served. Sign up on the bulletin board outside Mrs. Scarberry's office.What to prepare: Students will need one song prepared, 60-90 seconds to be performed a capella. Once you have completed your singing audition, you are free to go.Callbacks are set for Tuesday and/or Wednesday after school, 3:15 and 4 p.m. Students will receive an email if they are being asked to attend. Please do not come to callbacks if you are not asked, and do not be discouraged! You may still be cast in the show even if we do not need to see you a second time.Please be prepared to give information about your schedule and other extracurricular activities after school. Rehearsals will begin after Fall Break and will be Monday through Thursday. Not all actors will be called to every rehearsal.Note: If you have a conflict due to basketball tryouts but still want to participate in the production, we are happy to see you at 5 p.m. after basketball tryouts have ended, OR you may arrange an alternate audition time by sending an email to Mrs. Fogarty and Ms. Scarberry.The "Shrek The Musical JR." performance is set for Jan. 21-22 in the Branch Theatre.
Upper School / College Counseling
Back to School night
This coming Thursday, Sept. 23, is Back to School Night for parents of Upper School Students. Please arrive between 6 and 6:25 p.m., masked, to pick up your schedule at the tables inside the wooden doors to the Barnard Commons. We will ring the "morning meeting" bell at 6:30 p.m. and we will head to mod 1 at 6:50 p.m. The evening will wrap up at 8:30 p.m. We are excited to see everyone in class!
The Upper School is going through more than 50 disposable masks per day. Parents, please remind US students to bring their own masks. Thank you!
Upper School PA meeting minutes
Please click below to watch the Parent Council meeting from Thursday, Sept. 16. Frances Fondren-Bales spoke about the work the faculty is doing in the Upper School surrounding feedback, summer reading, stress/resilience, and overall mental health. Ryan Myers spoke about the opening of school retreat: why we had it and what we accomplished. We also reviewed some important dates for upcoming events.Watch the meeting here.
Meet college reps virtually
Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling (GPACAC) and Strive Scan are partnering to offer students and families the opportunity to visit with college representatives — virtually! Students will have the opportunity to "meet" the representatives and learn about six different colleges of their choosing every 45 minutes: 2-2:45 p.m., 3-3:45 p.m., and 4-4:45 p.m. Gather more information from a total of 18 different colleges. Your camera and sound remains off, yet you're allowed to submit your questions in the comment box.When: 2-4:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19Bonus: Preparing to Navigate the Financial Aid Process is being presented at 1 p.m. for those who are interested.Go to: www.strivescan.com/gpacac/ or scan the QR code in the information graphic.
Cross Country meet
The Holland Hall Invitational Cross Country Meet is set for Saturday, Sept. 18, on campus. The Upper School runners start at 9:10 a.m., and the Middle School runners at 11 a.m. Go Dutch!
Holland Hall vs. Metro Christian
Head out to see the Cox Football Game of the Week — the 3A No. 1Dutch travel to 2A No. 1 Metro Christian on Friday night for a 7:05 p.m. kickoff. If you have Cox cable you can watch the game on Channel 3 in Tulsa or Channel 93 in the OKC area.You can watch it on our livestream at gotohh.org/stream Admission to the game is $5.
DUTCH IN THE NEWS
He got the triple-crown
Cross Country Coach Greg Spencer, who also works at Holland Hall's Communications Coordinator, was in the Tulsa World this week for an amazing achievement — completing a thru-hike of the three major U.S. hiking trails: The Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail.“It’s just the drive to challenge myself to see what I am capable of doing, trying to get the most out of life,” Coach Spencer told the Tulsa World.Read the story here: bit.ly/SpencerHike
Let's get another one!
The football team was highlighted by Tulsa World sports columnist Bill Haisten this week.“We had great players last year, and we do again this year,” Athletic Director Steve Heldebrand was quoted as saying. “In middle school, we have more kids playing football now than we’ve ever had in my 16 years here.
“There’s so much excitement about football now."Read the story that takes Dutch Football from its SPC days to last year's state championship here: bit.ly/HaistenHHcol